National Take Your Child to the Library Day

Bring your child to the Berthoud Community Library and you will feed their imagination. A love of reading and books starts with pictures, stories and rhymes which even the youngest child can enjoy. Take Your Child to the Library Day on Saturday, February 7 is a great reason to visit us and enjoy some special activities for kids.

Whatever the age of your child, you will be given a warm welcome. Gone are the days when libraries were dreary silent places patrolled by grumpy staff. There are special areas for children with toys, easy to access books and comfortable seating. Nobody will expect your child to remain silent, so relax. Older children will enjoy using the computers, borrowing DVDs and finding books on a vast array of topics.

Getting a library card is a simple process and the staff are friendly and helpful. In case you didn’t know it, the Berthoud Community Library does not charge overdue fines. Sign up for a library card on the 7th and receive a gift in honor of Take Your Child to the Library Day. When you bring your child to the library, expect to return frequently as it is a habit that is easy to start. Using the library is free, but the return on your investment of time is priceless!

For more information about how the Berthoud Community Library District touches lives in the community of Berthoud every day, please visit

Ask a LiBRAINian: Happy National Bologna Day!

I’m sure you have gathered by this point in time that we love to eat here.  And what better way to exemplify that love than by blogging more food?  Today is national bologna day! So let’s talk food!

Here are some of the most notable/weirdest Bologna recipes that we could find

  • Bologna Cake.

Yes. It is a real thing

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We would post instructions on how to make this, but I’m not sure anyone would really want to know…okay we lied, here it is.

  • G&R Tavern’s Famous Bologna Sandwich 

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From their website: Although we have a huge menu of just about any type of bar food you can think of, people come from far and wide for our famous fried bologna sandwich. Click on the picture to see the world famous sandwich. This isn’t just any fried bologna sandwich – it’s a 3/4 inch thick slab of the finest bologna, it’s our own recipe, you’ll ever taste – spicy and garlicky and slightly coarse. It’s fried until the outside is browned and crisp and put onto a white bun with the normal condiments of monterey jack cheese, sweet pickles, and onions. It’s a combination of taste and texture that works so incredibly well together that it’s downright crave worthy.

  • Pickled Bologna 

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Incredibly, the ingredient list is not near as terrifying as I was anticipating, and it’s even gluten free! Woo!

  • Brown Sugar Baked Bologna 

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Of all the bologna recipes I found, this one looked like it might not be all that bad

Can I get a “My Bologna?”


*Anyone can tell us why “My Bologna” is significant will get a piece of chocolate from the librarian’s personal stash.*



Ask a LiBRAINian: Happy National Pasta Day!


~ Here are some fun facts about pasta in honor of National Pasta Day! ~

– Americans consume 6 billion pounds of pasta each year and produces 4.4. billion pounds annually

– It is an ancient food, dating back to 1154 in Sicily

– Dried and Fresh pasta come in a variety of shapes, with 310 specific forms known by over 1300 names.  In Italy, the names of specific shapes or types varies depending on which area you are in.

-By 2011 Italy was the largest pasta producer, followed by the United States and Brazil.

– Italy is also the world’s largest exporter of pasta, having exported 1.7 million tons of pasta in 2007.

– Thomas Jefferson introduced pasta to the Americas after he ate it in Naples, Italy when he was the American Ambassador to France.  In 1789, he brought home a pasta machine and crates of macaroni.

– In 2013, an Italian restaurant in Manhattan celebrated 25 years of business by creating a $2,000 plate of pasta.

Some Classic Pastas: 

~ Spaghetti Carbonara – This dish is based on eggs, cheese, bacon, and black pepper. Spaghetti is usually used as the pasta, however, fettuccine, rigatoni, linguine orbucatini can also be used. The dish was created in the middle of the 20th century.

Ciceri e Tria – Dish originating from Arabs who once ruled in Apulia, this dish is prepared with pasta and chickpeas as primary ingredients, and includes fried pasta.

Fettuccine Alfredo – The term is a synonym for pasta with butter and Parmesan cheese (Italian: pasta al burro e parmigiano), one of the oldest and simplest ways to prepare pasta.

Rigatoni con la Pajata – A classic dish of the Roman Cuisine. Pajata is the term for the intestines of an “un-weaned” calf, i.e., only fed on its mother’s milk. The intestines are cleaned and skinned, but the chyme is left inside. Then the intestine is cut in pieces 20 – 25 cm long, which are bound together with white thread, forming rings. When cooked, the combination of heat and the enzyme rennet in the intestines coagulates the chyme and creates a sort of thick, creamy, cheese-like sauce. These rings can be served simply seasoned and grilled  or in the traditional Roman dish in which pajata is stewed in a typical tomato sauce and served with rigatoni.

~ Lasagne – wide, flat pasta shape, and possibly one of the oldest types of pasta.  The word also refers to a dish made with several layers of lasagne sheets alternated with sauces and various other ingredients.

~ Bucatini – Also known as perciatelli, is a thick spaghetti-like pasta with a hole running through the center. The name comes from Italian: buco, meaning “hole”, while bucato means “pierced”.

~ Ravioli – Traditional type of Italian cuisine, composed of a filling sealed between two layers of thin egg pasta dough and are served either in broth or with a pasta sauce.


Fall Crafts and Snacks!


Happy official fall time everyone! Time to pull out the spiced cider, scarves, apple pies and – if you’re like me – pumpkin EVERYTHING!

Here is a fun list of the fall crafts and goodies that we discovered this week and want to share with you!


~Maple leaf tree globe~ 

How to Make a Maple Tree Leaf Globe

Instructions here

~Lego Stamp Corn~


Instructions here

~Fall Handprint Wreath~

Fall handprint wreath craft for kids

Instructions here

~Shaving Cream Leaf Painted Fall Leaves~

shaving cream painting, fall leaf shaving cream, Little Wonders' Days

Instructions here


~Candy Corn on Cob~

Instructions here (for a healthier version, use a banana instead of cookie dough!)

~Pumpkin Rice Krispies Treats~

Instructions here

~Fruit filled cornocopias~ 

If you don’t have fresh fruit, use gummy fruit instead!

~Oreo Spiders~ 

Scary Good! Easy Halloween Snacks and Treats Your Kids Will Love

Instructions here

Sir Digit Izer and the Champion Word of the Week: Ein Prosit!

Herr Digit Izer

“I, HERR Digit Izer, of the Library of Berthoud, herby proclaim “Ein Prosit” as your champion word of the week:

*To be spoken in a very authentic, German, accent* Used to wish good health especially before drinking, originating from the Latin “prosit” meaning, “may it be beneficial”, from “prodesseto” meaning, “to be useful”.


Join us on the 4th of Oktober at Fickel Park for the Town of Berthoud’s 4th Annual Oktoberfest!
Our Authentic German Festival will include:

  • Food
  • City Star Brewing
  • Berthoud Brewing
  • Grimm Brothers
  • KJ Wood
  • Music
  • Dancing
  • Children’s Activities
  • Arts & Crafts